Correspondence about soul man James Brown's secret documents is set to be made public after a South Carolina judge ordered officials to release emails.

Circuit Judge Eugene Griffith, Jr. gave the state Attorney General's Office 10 days to produce the documents on Friday (16Jan15), as lawyers for the officials argued the records should be kept under wraps.

Reports suggest the correspondence includes emails about the diary of James Brown's widow and other documents linked to the ongoing fight over the late soul singer's estate.

A freelance journalist sued for access to the correspondence, according to Billboard.com.

Brown died on Christmas Day, 2006.